Fate of South London Thameslink service “to be decided in weeks”

Tonight’s Evening Standard reportsthat in less than a month a decision will be made on proposals to cut Thameslink trains that run through south London and across the city – as the Standard explains:

Cutting the ‘Wimbledon Loop’ would affect several Merton stations including Wimbledon Chase.

The Department for Transport is considering axing the “Wimbledon Loop” Thameslink service which connects Sutton, Wimbledon, Streatham, Tooting, Mitcham and South Merton to Luton and St Albans through central and north London, calling at key stops such as Farringdon and St Pancras.

If the plan goes ahead, trains will terminate at Blackfriars from 2018, meaning that commuters will have to change trains to continue their journeys via Farringdon or St Pancras and to connect with other services such as the Eurostar and City Thameslink.

Lib Dem campaigners from across South London have been campaigning to ensure that thousands of commuters aren’t left without a direct links to several London stations and other busy train stations throughout the south east.  Here in Merton, hundreds of residents have signed the petition against the plans.


Posted on 24/07/2012, in Thameslink. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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